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Win: Inman (4-5) 5.152133
Loss: Jake Lee (1-6) 4.073233
Stea (VALPO) 523501
Tyler Pagano (OAK) 402000
Ryan Fitzgerald (OAK) 402100

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Win: Conor Bowers (1-3) 8.010038
Loss: Foreman (2-2) 5.197223
Garbella (VALPO) 301000
Emerson Misch (OAK) 413200
Doubleheader Split a Tale of Two Games for Valpo Baseball
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Doubleheader Split a Tale of Two Games for Valpo Baseball
Scott Kapers was one of seven Crusaders with multiple hits in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.

The two games of Sunday’s doubleheader represented quite the contrast to one another for the Valparaiso offense. The Crusaders banged out 18 hits on their way to a 13-3 win over Oakland in Game 1, but didn’t save any firepower for Game 2, when they scratched out just one hit and fell 7-0. The games were originally scheduled to take place in Rochester, Mich., but were moved to Emory G. Bauer Field.

How It Happened – Game 1

  • Both starting pitchers were strong in the early going, as neither Valpo’s Grant Inman (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) nor Oakland’s Jake Lee permitted a run in the first three innings.
  • The scoreless tie was snapped in the top of the fourth, when Chase Dawson grounded a run-scoring double through the left side, then came in to score on an RBI single by James Stea (Los Alamitos, Calif. / Los Alamitos [Golden West]).
  • The Crusaders made the Grizzlies pay for a defensive miscue in the fifth as they plated a pair of unearned runs. Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) was credited with an RBI on a ground ball to short, then Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) picked up a run-scoring base hit to left.
  • The Grizzlies got two back in the sixth as Mike McGee had an RBI single and Ryan Fitzgerald clubbed a run-scoring double to disrupt Inman’s shutout and slice the Valpo lead in half.
  • The Crusaders broke it open when they poured on five insurance runs in the seventh inning. Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) had a single to drive in two, then Stea unloaded a three-run homer. Four of the five runs in the inning were unearned.
  • Garbella corralled his second RBI of the contest in the eighth to make it 10-2.
  • McGee lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, but then the Crusaders tacked on three more in the top of the ninth. Stea singled to score a run and Jake Hanson singled to drive in a pair.  

How It Happened – Game 2

  • Not much went right for the Crusaders in the nightcap. Oakland starter Conor Bowers took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, but Garbella broke it up with a ground ball single through the left side of the infield. The Garbella knock stood as Valpo’s only hit of the game.
  • The Crusaders committed a season-high five errors, making five of Oakland’s seven runs unearned.
  • The lone bright spot was the bullpen, as Chet Joslyn (Battle Creek, Mich. / Lakeview) and Garrett Hill (San Marino, Calif. / San Marino) combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Inside the Games

  • Inman went 5 1/3 innings in Game 1 to pick up the win and boost his record to 4-5. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three and walking three.
  • When Inman departed, Hayden Kissee (Indianapolis / Greenfield Central [Kaskaskia College]) took over and worked the remainder of the game. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings to pick up his first career save.
  • Lee was saddled with the loss and plummeted to 1-6. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks in four frames.
  • All nine players in the Game 1 starting lineup had at least one hit. Seven Crusaders had multi-hit games.
  • Stea led the way with a 3-for-5 performance while racking up a career-high five RBIs. He became the third Crusader to enjoy a five RBI game this season, joining Garbella and Palace.
  • The 1 hour, 56 minute second game was the quickest nine-inning Valpo game since May 10, 2013, a 3-0 loss at UIC that lasted 1:55.
  • Bowers dazzled to the tune of one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts over eight scoreless innings. He picked up the win and moved to 1-3.
  • Valpo starter Ellis Foreman was hit with the loss, allowing seven runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings to fall to 2-2.

Next Up

The Crusaders will host Big Ten foe Purdue on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game will be broadcast on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR. Links to live audio and stats will be available on